How to get a Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificate with an apostille or embassy seal?
 

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AUGUST 2, 2016

Marriage certificate NYC certified acceptable for apostilleYour marriage was registered in one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens or Staten Island), a certified copy of your marriage certificate was issued by the Marriage Bureau of the City of New York.   Is it acceptable for a New York apostille or embassy legalization? 

Look at the back of the document... Does it have a color stamp and the original signature of the Acting City Clerk? If not, your document is not a certified copy, and is not eligible for the legalization by an apostille or foreign embassy. Please do not despair, we can assist you with obtaining a certified copy of a Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens or Staten Island marriage certificate, and then have it apostilled.

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New York City extended marriage certificate with an apostille

You probably got a copy of your marriage certificate when you got married. If you did not specifically requested an extended form marriage certificate for foreign use, you most likely got a marriage certificate intended for use in the United States only. The two look basically alike. However, an extended New York City marriage certificate intended for foreign use (that will be eligible for a New York apostille or legalization by a foreign embassy) will also have the following:

  • names and places of birth of the parents of both parties to the marriage
  • number of times the parties to the marriage were married before
  • names of the witnesses
  • a color stamp of the Marriage Bureau on the back of the certificate
  • the original signature of the Acting City Clerk on the back of the certificate

If your document does not have the above, it means that you have a copy of the marriage certificate intended for use in the United States only (You probably paid $15 for the copy, an extended form is more expensive)

new york city marriage certificate extended form front

new york marriage certificate extended form back

It is also necessary to point out that more recent marriage certificates (issued after 1996, image above) will have less information as compared to the certificates issued before 1996. The older ones will be legal size, sometimes they will contain two pages - a copy of the marriage license on the first page and a copy of the actual marriage certificate on the second page. This is the way the Marriage Bureau issues certified copies. Both short form and long form marriage certificates are good for apostilles.


How to get a certified copy of a Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island marriage certificate with an apostille or embassy seal?

Please order a New York City marriage certificate with apostille / legalization online. For processing we will need a copy of your marriage certificate for information purposes. If you do not have a copy, the following information will be sufficient:

  1. full names and dates of birth of the parties to the marriage (including the maiden name of the bride, if applicable)
  2. date of marriage
  3. borough where the marriage license was issued
  4. place of marriage
  5. marriage license number (if known, this will make the search much easier)

 


Your document is acceptable and you just need an apostille? Prices, processing time, order form

 
price 4New York apostille: $125 (FedEx Express Saver within the U.S. is included).
Processing time: 2-3 bus. days.
Embassy legalization: $375 (most embassies)
Processing time: depends on the embassy.
FedEx (standard overnight): $25
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America: $90
 
 
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your documents. Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
123 Seventh Avenue, Suite 175
Brooklyn, NY 11215

125 apostille 1We offer the lowest price for New York apostilles. We provide free document evaluation. Our guarantee: if we are not able to apostille your document(s), we will issue a 100% refund. Call us at (646) 267-1140.

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